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God, Gangs, and Drugs in Central America
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Thursday, March 29, 2012
at 7:00 PM
Buntrock Commons, Viking Theater
Chris Chiappari


Homies and Hermanos: God, Gangs, and the Drug War in Central America

Why would a gun-wielding, tattoo-bearing "homie" trade in la vida loca for a Bible and the buttoned-down lifestyle of an evangelical hermano (brother in Christ)? To answer this question, Robert Brenneman interviewed sixty-three former gang members from the "Northern Triangle" of Central America--Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras--most of whom left their gang for evangelicalism.
Brenneman will share stories from his new book on gang conversions (Homies and Hermanos: God and Gangs in Central America, Oxford 2012) before concluding with a discussion of the spiral of drug-trafficking and violence ravaging the region today.

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